Village Conversations on the Liturgy of the Church of England

9780217415460: Village Conversations on the Liturgy of the Church of England

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. THE LITANY. Thomas. Yon and I, William, bave often discoursed about different parts of tbe Prayer Book, but we have never yet said a word about the Litany. William. I think I am as much struck with the Litany as with any part of the Book. It is, indeed, a grand and solemn address, or supplication, to the Almighty. T. Yes; and how nobly it opens! A devout petition to the thi'ee Persons of the Holy Trinity, to "have mercy upon us, miserable sinners." When we think of what has been done for us, and of what manner of persons we ought to be, and then think of what we are, we may, indeed, truly confess ourselves to be "miserable sinners." And as we cannot undo or remove from us the guilt of one single sin, we have nothing left but to cry for mercy. We have sinned against our heavenly Father. It is through the atoning blood of the Son alone that our sins can be blotted out. And it is through the Holy Ghost alone that we can be renewed to holiness, and made fit objects of God's mercy. Well may we, therefore, pray to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, "three persons and one God," to "have mercy upon us, miserable sinners." Then we beg of the Lord, that He would remove from us that anger which our sins have justly deserved: and we plead with Him "to spare his people whom He hath redeemed with his most precious blood." "Spare us, good Lord." But what sins and temptations we are exposed to in this world!--what "blindness of heart,"--what "pride,"--what "vain-glory and uncharitableness,"--what" envy, hatred, and malice,"--what "deadly sins,"--what "deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil,"--what quarrels and ".schisms,"--what accidents "from lightning and tempest,"--what sickness "from plagues, pestilence, and famine,"--what awful and alarmi...

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